Nelson Museum and Local History Centre

Lithograph from oil painting by WH Overend, 'The Hero of Trafalgar'
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The Nelson Museum was founded in 1924, following the bequest to Monmouth by Lady Llangattock of her collection of material relating to the famous admiral. The museum moved to the current premises (a market hall complex built in the 1830s) in 1969, at which time the local history collections for the town were incorporated.

The Local History centre, in the same building, deals with Monmouth and its people, including Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame and Henry V.

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Opening hours

Daily, all year.
Monday – Saturday 11.00–13.00 14.00–17.00 (16.00 November-February)
Sundays 14.00–17.00 (16.00 November-February)

Admission charges

Admission free.

Additional info

The museum is in the town centre, with public parking available nearby. Disabled 'set-down' + short-term paking on-street outside the museum.

The Nelson collection includes both personal and commemorative material, and is particularly noted for the large number of personal letters. Star exhibits include Nelson's fighting sword, and a selection of outrageous forgeries, including Nelson's glass eye.
The Local History Centre collections are based on the Monmouth Borough archive; the local history reference library; photographs; prints and paintings; maps and plans and archaeology, with a special collection relating to the Rolls family (including C.S.Rolls of Rolls-Royce).

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Maritime, Personalities, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Nelson Museum and Local History Centre
Monmouth Museum
New Market Hall
Priory Street
NP25 3XA




01600 710630

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